Kansas State mid-distance runner Boglarka Bozzay went to the Iowa State NCAA Qualifier on Saturday with the intention of improving on her time in the 800 meters to ensure herself a spot at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship next week.
Bozzay did improve her time, crossing the finish line in 2:05.11 at the Leid Recreation Center and finishing third.
The third-place finish marked the first race Bozzay has not won this season as she was bested by two professional runners by less than a second in a tight race. Bethany Praska won the race in 2:04.22, and Laura Januszewski took second in 2:04.88. Bozzay’s time is not eligible to break her own school record as it was run on an oversized track.
The weekend before the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship is commonly referred to as last-chance weekend, as athletes try to post automatic qualifying marks in their respective events or move up the NCAA performance list with a limited number of spots available for the championship meet. Bozzay entered the weekend ranked No. 14 in the 800 meters. She will now await results of other last-chance meets and an updated NCAA descending order list.
K-State will send a small group of Wildcats to the NCAA Championship next week in Nampa, Idaho. The Wildcats leave Wednesday and the meet will get underway Friday.